Portland lands spot in top-10 in ranking of increasingly crowded cities

Storage company compares growth in population and density over 10-year span to create ranking.

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A storage company recently compared growth in population and population density over a 10-year span to create a ranking of the top 11 increasingly crowded cities.

Portland placed No. 7 on the list that used data from 2000-2010.

Population in 2000: 1,927,881
Population in 2010: 2,226,009
2000-2010 increase in population: 15.5%

Average number of people per square mile in 2000: 3,994.40
Average number of people per square mile in 2010: 4,372.60
2000-2010 increase in population density: 9.5%

(SOURCE: selfstorage.com)

The six metro areas that placed higher than Portland:

  1. Raleigh, N.C.
  2. McAllen, Texas
  3. Charlotte, N.C.
  4. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
  5. Albuquerque, N.M.
  6. Bakersfield, Calif.

It is unclear whether Portland will rise in the rankings in the future: Locals will have you believe the city’s population is exploding, but the Portland Business Journal reports:

Portland State University researchers revealed that, between July 2010 and July 2014, the metro area only added 95,819 residents, a 4.2 percent increase.


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